Monday, February 26, 2018

Ice Ice Baby!!!

My kids definitely inherited my gypsy gene.  Seriously.  When we lived in Madrid there really was a band of gypsies that lived near our apartment building.  My parents used to tell me they think I was switched with one of those gypsy babies. 

T-bone had always told her sister that she would take her anywhere in the world she wanted for a graduation gift.  They had kicked around a bunch of different locales but I had final say in the matter because I was not crazy about my two chickadees traveling during the height of tourist season and being the target of terrorists.  Also, KJ didn't want to go anywhere tropical because she had been to Costa Rica, Nicarauga, Jamaica, the Caymens and Cozumel all in the same year.  #firstworldproblems  So, after much debate, my two knuckleheads decided they wanted to go to Iceland!  Yes, Iceland!!!  And I'm totally OK with it!  T found great flights and they leave two days after KJ's high school graduation.  Which is totally crazy. 

Also crazy is the fact that Coach and I are going to be empty nesters in a few short months!  We've been waiting a long, long time for this!!!  hahaha!!!  Very, very proud of KJ though.  She was accepted at every school she applied to (Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State) but when it came down to it, she decided to take her talents to Ole Miss.  #hottytoddy  She already has a roommate and they've been busy planning their dorm room.  I'm happy for her.  I was actually hoping she would have gone to Arkansas or Oklahoma State because I want her to have her own college experience and not feel that she has to follow in T's footsteps.  But, at the end of the day, they are two very different people, with two very different goals and I know she'll do great where ever she is.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Luck of the Irish

Yay!  Yay!  Yay!  As I like to say "All my chicks will be in the nest!"  T and Pony Boy fly in from Dublin today and Cosmo flies back from Houston.  They'll arrive at DFW within minutes of each other and I can't wait to hear all about Houston!  Ha!  Ha!!! 

Seriously though!  Sounds like T had a wonderful trip!  The pics she's sent the past week have been beautiful.  I think they've had better weather in Dublin than we had in much of the south the past week.  They visited the Cliffs of Moher, Blackstone Castle, the town of Kinsale in Cork County, they shopped at the English Market, visited the Dromberg stone circle, the Blarney Stone, they shopped on Grafton Street, had a pint at the Temple Bar and saw the Book of Kells at Trinity College.  She also got to spend time with a Hoover friend at the Guiness Factory in Dublin! 

Thursday, January 4, 2018


I've been very fortunate in that I grew up with both sets of grandparents (and two great-grandmothers) so I've always had a firm sense of where I came from.  Or so I thought. 

Being a self-proclaimed history nerd, I've always been fascinated with my family history and have dabbled in formatting a family tree.  I know I'm Polish on my paternal side of the family and my maternal grandfather's side, too.  The shock came when I really started to investigate my maternal grandmother's side of the family. 

I discovered I am mostly Scottish on my maternal side of the family (with a little Irish and German thrown in) and our family actually has a castle in the Highlands!  Both sides of my maternal grandmother's family are considered FFofNC (First Families of North Carolina (the distinguished Order of the First Families of North Carolina requires having an ancestor who lived in North Carolina before it became a royal colony on July 12, 1729) and I have a relative who fought in the American Revolution.  I'm in the process of completing my Daughters of the American Revolution paperwork which is the most amazing thing in the world for a history dork like me!  The genealogist who is working with me said she had it's very rare to come across such a well-documented family. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thankful Season

No surprise that Thanksgiving is my fav, fav, fav holiday but man!  It goes by so fast!  T arrived very late Tuesday night as she drove from a meeting in Muscle Shoals.  I went into the office for a little bit Wednesday and am so glad my girls are old enough to want to take over the cooking responsibilities!  I received a huge bird from my hotel and our sweet realtor gave us an apple pie that was as big as a hubcap.  My friend LCM recently introduced T to splotchcocking and it cut cooking time in half.  T had also cooked a turkey using this method on Sunday for her B'ham Friendsgiving.  It's not a pretty presentation but it's delicious!

The girls did a fabulous job with their menu -- we had two different appetizers:  a prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and a baked brie with blackberry jam.  Besides the turkey and apple pie, they made green beans, stuffing from scratch, crock pot mashed potatoes, a mixed greens salad with feta, walnuts, cranberries and an apple cider vinegrette.  I really don't mind doing all the dishes if someone else cooks!

The previous weekend was spent w/ the Martins in Oxford.  As always, a super great time!  LCM hooked us up with the most perfect hotel rooms, Z, AG & KJ took care of the tent Friday night and now that KJ and Z are both 18, T and Pony Boy let them tag-along in Oxford.  Coach and Dean-o tormented our server at Old Venice and we did a little bar-hopping and ended up at the Round Table and spent some time at the fire pit at the hotel.  LCM is very creative and made an awesome banner for the tent and her table décor was perfect!  Of course we love walking around the Grove to sneak a peek at what everyone else is doing, too.  Game day started of kind of iffy weather-wise.  The rain didn't hit until 2 or 3 hours before kick-off and we hunkered down in the Grove.  And the rain brought much, much cooler temps and we were all kind of wet and cold and miserable because of the score.  LCM and the girls and I headed back to the hotel while the guys stuck it out at the game.  We had so much fun sitting in the hotel late night, BS-ing, laughing and finishing off our adult beverages and snacks. 

I've only gone Black Friday shopping once and I swore I'd never do it again.  I have been doing a lot of my Christmas shopping on-line and now those Amazon packages are piling up on the front porch.  KJ is at a weird place this year -- she had a bunch of dorm things on her Christmas list.  T and Pony Boy are going to Dublin for New Year's (yes, she has ants in her pants and gypsy in her blood) so her list consists of travel items and clothes.  And Coach continues to be an enigma.  He is the hardest person to buy for.  I mean, seriously.  What do you buy the man who has everything???? 

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Folks in the South love to complain about the weather.  It's either way too hot or way too cold.  I'm an Autumnal gal through and through.  I love the Fall.  Always have, always will.  Nothing better than wearing a sweatshirt to a football game or sitting outside enjoying our fire pit and a glass of wine.  I also enjoy the winter.  I've always liked a good snowy day, snuggling on the couch, flannel PJ pants, hot chocolate and a movie marathon.  The weather this Fall has been crazy, however!  Last week it was in the low 90's and we had the A/C on.  Today is cold and rainy and in the high 40's.  And I love it.  I'm finally wearing a lightweight sweater.

The #CosFam has had an exciting couple of months -- Coach and I each celebrated our 50th birthdays, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and KJ's 18th birthday.  We were on our cruise for everything except my birthday since it's in September.  We had a wonderful., incredible family vacation and can't wait to do it again!  It was the first time the girls ever cruised and they both loved it.  They had their own room across the hall from us and it worked out perfectly!  They went to Karaoke each night, Trivia, some weird Scavenger hunt, the 70's dance party and T and Coach won some coin at the casino's.  We also went to the ice skating show one night and the Stayin' Alive musical our last night. 

T flew into Love on Saturday and we had a lovely girl afternoon getting mani's and Pedi's.  Sunday we drove down to Galveston, Monday was a day at day, Tuesday was Cozumel, Wednesday was the Cayman's, Thursday was Jamaica, Friday and Saturday were at sea, drove back to Dallas Sunday afternoon. 

One of the things I really enjoyed about our cruise itinerary was the two days at sea at the beginning, back-to-back-to-back ports of call and the two days at sea at the end.  We were able to get settled on Sunday, relax on Monday, go-go-go Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, relax Friday and Saturday.  We had perfect weather to relax poolside and we all came home nice and tan. 

We climbed a pyramid in Cozumel and swam in a cenote (an underground cave).  I really enjoyed this excursion!  The view from the top of the pyramid was awe-inspiring and the cenote was incredibly refreshing!  The water was chilly but crystal clear.  On the way back to the ferry we were able to visit for literally 2 minutes with Coach's best bud Bob and his girlfriend Chrissy.  They were on vacation as well and were waiting for us at Senor Frogs which is right on the dock.  We kind of held up the ferry and the tour folks were not happy with us but hey!  How often do you get to do a shot with your best friend in Mexico??!!

We did a catamaran/snorkel excursion in the Cayman's and this was Coach's favorite.  We chilled on the catamaran to the dive site and again, the most amazing weather and the most perfect blue water. I think he would have been happy just sailing away on the boat.   The girls enjoyed snorkeling and using their GoPros.  The dive site was neat because the shipwreck had actually moved a couple hundred feet due to the recent hurricanes. 

Thursday, Coach's birthday, was spent in Jamaica (just like we did 25 years ago.  We got married on Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12 we flew to Jamaica for our honeymoon!).  We climbed Dunn's River Falls and had a fun group with us.  The Falls guides gathered everyone up in one of the pools and we all sang to Coach and splashed at him.  After the Falls we had a wonderful lunch at a nearby beach club and then we headed to the White River for tubing.  I thought we were just going have a leisurely float in the river but there were some great rapids and drop-offs.  Again, perfect weather, perfect water. 

The days at sea were awesome and just so relaxing.  The girls did the surf simulator a couple of times and  we all went down the water slides.  We did a lot of eating, a lot of drinking (Mango Tangos!) and just really enjoyed some quality family time!

Monday, August 28, 2017


Today was KJ's "last first day of high school!" Can not believe that little nugget is a high school senior!  She's excited to finally be a big bad senior.  Despite moving once in middle school and once in high school, she actually has enough credits to graduate in December.  She thought about starting some college classes in the spring but we told her not to rush, she has plenty of time for "adulting".

Operation Recuperation is going incredibly well. Excellent in fact. I had my hysterectomy on Friday, July 21 and by Sunday I was 100% back to normal. I was very lucky my doctor was able to get everything via laparoscopic and all those fibroids were in my uterus which made removal easier.  I'm not going to lie, Friday night was kinda rough (because I hate being on pain meds, I don't take advantage of the drip) and I laid in bed trying to sleep but kept thinking "oh snap!! Are the next 4-6 weeks going to be this awful??"  Thankfully, no. I didn't sleep at all Friday night and was up early Saturday walking around. I was released Saturday afternoon and took it easy when I got home.  I am so incredibly blessed to have an amazing husband who takes exceptional care of me!!  Poor thing has had to take care of me after 2 c-sections, gallbladder surgery, etc.  He's really wonderful. 

So basically I've just been chilling the last couple of weeks. Its been both very hot and very rainy so I do try to get out of the house when I can now that I have to okay to drive.  A couple of weekends ago we went to the Perot Museum to escape the heat and saw an awesome 3-D movie about dinosaurs.  Afterward we had a wonderful lunch at the Rustic (which was also seen on the most recent episode of #RHOD). Last weekend was the annual hot air balloon festival in the park by our house. We walked over Friday night to watch the "glow up" and went back early Saturday morning for a pancake breakfast and watch the balloons take off. Yesterday Cosmo and I walked around Grapevine Mills and did a little shopping.  He's had to travel a bit the last two weeks so he's glad to be home and just relax.  We also went to the Star in Frisco to watch the MLL championship game. Holy cow.  Jerry Jones doesn't do anything half-assed. The facility is gorgeous and we had a nice dinner at one of the restaurants in the new complex.

Between fall lax, our birthdays, our anniversary, our cruise and some other plans, we're going to have a very busy Fall.  I think we're planning a trip in November to meet up with friends for an Ole Miss game so that will be fun.  I don't think we have any major plans for Thanksgiving and we're toying with the idea of having Christmas in Birmingham with T. She has some tentative plans to go to Europe for New Year's so it doesn't make sense for her to drive here. The girl does not sit still. I swear she has ants in her pants. They drove up to Kentucky for a long weekend of hiking and to view the eclipse in its totality. She said it was the most amazing thing she had ever seen. This weekend she's flying to NYC to spend Labor Day weekend with friends.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


"Answer July—
Where is the Bee—
Where is the Blush—
Where is the Hay?

Ah, said July—
Where is the Seed—
Where is the Bud—
Where is the May—
Answer Thee—Me—"
-  Emily Dickinson,
Answer July 
July is more than halfway over and it's been a wonderful month!  We got to see T-bone and the Dew twice (on their way out west and on their way back to Birmingham to pick-up KJ).  Coach and I had a very, very relaxing week while KJ  was gone.  Cruised around in her convertible a couple of times (drives her crazy when we send her Snapchats of us in her car!), hung out in the pool a lot, watched a couple of good movies, got a few things done in the house.  She had an awesome visit with her big sister and called me from the airport yesterday crying.  It was all good; happy tears.  She got to see some old friends, spent lots of time with T and they went to Sloss Fest with friends over the weekend.  She gets like me . . . I get overwhelmed with happiness and being incredibly blessed and cry for no apparent reason but it's really happy tears.  T was crying too when she took KJ to the airport and Coach said KJ was crying when she got off the plane.  She just really had a good visit with everyone. 

T and the Dew had an amazing trip out west.  T's pics are incredible.  They hiked, went on a hot air balloon ride at dawn, did the Grand Canyon again, camped and hiked some more.  They never sit still. 
It's been very, very hot the last couple of days ~ high 90's with the heat index putting us in the triple digits.  All I can say is, "thank God we have a pool!"  When we were moving here I told Coach I could not move to Texas without a pool.  We luv, luv, luv our pool.  We are in the pool almost every night and pretty much all weekend.  We just float, talk, relax, listen to music or watch TV (Coach bought a TV to attaché to one of the breezeway's post and it flips around so we can watch it from the pool or from the cozy corner of the patio.  Despite the heat, Coach is still playing men's league lax once a week.  Fortunately, it's late at night when the sun goes down (some games start at 9 PM) but it really doesn't make much of a difference when it's still in the low 90's. 
My job is winding down this week.  Because I haven't been here a year I don't qualify for the FLMA and the company is not legally obligated to hold my position while I'm recouperating from surgery.  I've had a couple of clients take me to lunch and my Front Desk and Housekeeping buddies are sad.  I've enjoyed this job very much.  I've learned a lot and met some wonderful people.  But, at this point, I'm just glad to be getting this over with.  I've suffered for so long and now I finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. 

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